A staff member at Purdue University allegedly threatened to rape the family of a pro-life supporter in response to a campaign a student group ran on campus last week to raise awareness about the high abortion rate in African American community.
Last week, the Purdue Students for Life put up flyers and chalked messages around campus meant to raise awareness about the problem.
— Journal & Courier (@jconline) February 4, 2016
Jamie Newman, an employee for the university who works in the Visual and Performing Arts Department, commented on a blog post by the Students for Life group explaining the purpose of their campaign. “You folks are vile, racist idiots, who richly deserve all the opprobrium that will be heaped on you as a result of this unbelievably thoughtless, stupid escapade,” Newman wrote.
He added, “And that you should have pulled this stunt at the beginning of Black History Month suggests you are either epically clueless or profoundly malicious. So, which is [it] — embarrassingly dumb or simply evil.”
Not content to vent his anger at the pro-life students on the college blog, Newman threatened rape against a pro-life supporter while commenting on a Live Action News blog post. Responding to a comment by someone named Tom, Newman wrote:
Oh, I’m sorry. So, let me make my intentions quite explicit: I did in fact offer to rape Tom’s wife/daughter/great grandmother. Free of charge, even. I’m generous that way. Here’s the number for the West Lafayette Police Department: 765-775-5500. Here’s the number for the local FBI office: 765-435-5619. Drop that dime! I could strike at any minute. *giggles* (like a girl).
In a statement obtained by Campus Reform, Purdue University said it is investigating the comments left by “jamiegnewman.”
“Obviously, a threat of rape is outside the bounds of any definition of protected speech. Due process requires that, before taking any action, we verify the alleged facts and give this staff member the chance to explain himself if he can,” Assistant Vice President for Strategic Communications Julie Rosa told Campus Reform. “Needless to say, the statements, as alleged, are reprehensible and unacceptable in the eyes of the entire Purdue community.”
The Purdue Students for Life published an open letter to the campus community on Thursday defending the overall purpose of their campaign, while also apologizing for co-oping language from the Black Lives Matter movement. Regarding the targeting of African Americans for abortion, the group wrote:
This is not a matter of political opinion — it’s simply about numbers. Abortion rates for African-Americans are up to five times higher than those of the white population. In New York City, for instance, black children are more likely to be aborted than to be born — for every 1000 births, 1180 children are aborted (source: New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene).
This happens in part because black communities are being targeted by the abortion industry and propagandized to believe that the preborn are subhuman. They are taught that abortion centers such as Planned Parenthood are the only source of reproductive healthcare, and are not offered the support they need to parent. This routine of systematic misinformation is worthy of being brought to the attention of our academic environment.
h/t: Conservative Review